JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: LGBTI Program Assistant

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2014, working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grassroots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The Institute uses a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy at the domestic and international level, we join our local partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. We work with our partners to combat racial discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) through a holistic, multi-faceted approach. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level. Hence, our program includes building the capacity of our partners to advocate for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and to litigate within the Inter-American human rights system, in coordination with capacity-building to pursue domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization. Using the Universal System is also crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, such as the UN CERD and CEDAW Committees. The Institute works extensively in the UN system.

Job Description:  Working in close relationship with our LGBTI officer and Executive Director, the LGBTI Program Assistant will provide administrative and logistical support to the LGBTI legal team, which includes officers in Colombia, Brazil and Geneva, Switzerland. Other duties will include  social media work; drafting correspondence; translation, copy-editing and formatting of documents; assisting with the publication and distribution of reports, memos, press work, and other materials; assisting in the coordination of public events, conferences, and delegations; attending OAS meetings;  accompanying LGBTI partners while in Washington; coordinating travel. Other duties, including research assistance, will be assigned depending on the hiree’s interests and abilities.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Women’s/Gender Studies or related field. Two years of experience working on LGBTI human rights issues or related field on Latin America. Mature political judgment and knowledge of Latin American political and legal traditions. Demonstrated capacity to understand and work on SOGI issues. Knowledge of/experience with LGBTI issues in the region  preferred. Fluency in Spanish essential, strong knowledge of Portuguese helpful. Must be US citizen or legal resident with work permit.

Start date: Immediate

Location: Washington, D.C.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and scale in non-governmental organizations.

Apply:  No calls please.  Send immediately cover letter, resume, and writing samples (one in English, one in Spanish) by email to jobs@raceandequality.org.

Afro-descendants, women and LGBTI persons are encouraged to apply.

The Institute is an equal opportunity employer

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